What is seismic culture?

Lately I’ve been thinking about the idea of “seismic culture”, particularly in the PNW of the US. What does seismic culture mean to you? Here’s my definition: Seismic culture is the accumulation of mutual understandings of seismic risk that have become embedded within a region. It encompasses shared activities, attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, artifacts and documentation …

How to improve community disaster resilience through pre-event long-term recovery planning

Thought I’d share my fifteen guidelines for creating pre-event long-term recovery plans/frameworks based on past work I’ve done with local jurisdictions and reviewing plans from other jurisdictions. To me, pre-event long-term recovery planning (PELTRP?!) is a big blindspot for most state and local jurisdictions. Honestly I think PELTRP should be the keystone for all other …

Prototyping crisis communications resilience solutions

Another year at UW HCDE, another great collaboration with a masters capstone group. Last year the students I worked with, did user research and prototyping to improve FEMA’s HAZUS loss estimation software. This year the capstone group was interested in developing solutions to help residents of a hazard-stricken area to be able to communicate with each other …

Mixed-methods simulation model development

Here’s a video of short talk I gave at the 2017 American Meteorological Society Meeting in Seattle about how both qualitative and quantitative methods can be used to design, calibrate, and evaluation simulation models. I spent a good amount of time talking about applications to disaster recovery and resilience. video link

Data practices for measuring and monitoring recovery after the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence

This report presents a case study that is a part of a larger Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) effort called “Seismic Observatory for Community Resilience – A Program to Learn from Earthquakes” funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation under award number 1235573. The project builds on the multi-decade and multi-disciplinary EERI Learning From Earthquakes …

Human Centered (Re-)Design of HAZUS-MH for Community Resilience

Last year I joined University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. A new research center was started a little before that called Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience. The gist of the mission of CoSSaR is that community resilience requires putting people and communities first in helping them …

Measuring state-level policy activity for earthquake resilience

An article I co-authored recently came out on the topic of activity and coverage of state-level policies to improve earthquake resilience (mitigation was emphasized). The study catalogued “all” of the state-level legislation and executive orders either directly relevant to seismic risk reduction or clearly related. For the most part, these were determined by reference in …